News | October 23, 2013

Rapids Restaurant Equipment To Open Cash And Carry Foodservice & Bar Equipment And Supply Store In Twin Cities


Rapids Wholesale Equipment Company, a leading food service and bar equipment and supplies retailer, will open a cash-and-carry retail store in St. Paul, Minnesota, in an effort to better meet the needs of its customers. The store will feature thousands of foodservice and bar supplies and equipment that are immediately available for purchase.

St. Paul, MN (PRWEB) - Rapids Wholesale Equipment Company, a leading foodservice and bar equipment and supplies retailer, has announced plans to make its online selection of more than 6,000 products even more accessible to customers by opening a cash-and-carry retail store in St. Paul, Minnesota. The company will use its 19,000-square-foot retail space to showcase its expansive inventory of supplies and equipment for foodservice and bar operators in the metro area. Rapids plans to open the store in November.

In many instances, customers in these industries are looking to make high-dollar purchases. Thus, giving them the ability to examine, touch and compare these items before making the purchase is invaluable. Everything featured within the store will be in stock and immediately available, so that a customer can take the product back to their operation or schedule delivery immediately.

Joe Schmitt, co-owner of the company, says the decision to launch the store came in response to customer wishes. "We have listened to our customers and plan to have everything you need, when you need it—on hand and ready for immediate use in your operation or home!" he says.

Rapids will offer the largest in-store cash and carry selection of restaurant and bar supplies and equipment in the Twin Cities market all in one convenient location. The thousands of items from which customers will have to choose include: 

  • True refrigeration
  • Gold Medal concession supplies and equipment
  • Libbey glassware
  • Manitowoc ice machines
  • Vollrath kitchen equipment and supplies
  • Cambro equipment and supplies
  • Vulcan cooking equipment
  • Frymaster fryers
  • Star countertop cooking equipment
  • Dexter Russell Cutlery
  • Carlisle equipment and supplies

The new facility will be managed by Harold Parten. His qualifications include extensive retail and wholesale distribution experience, including time at Target Corporation. Joining him will be four to six sales associates and the company’s contract and design team.

Rapids Wholesale has a history of devoting substantial company resources to employee training and education because the company believes this is a vital component of quality customer service and to staying current on the latest products that keep clients’ operations running smoothly and profitably. Rapids plans to uphold this tradition with the staff at its new facility.

“I am excited to be a part of the Rapids family and look forward to meeting the talented chefs and foodservice professionals in the Twin Cities,” Parten says.

The new Rapids store will be conveniently located off Highway 280 and Como Ave. next to Appliance Smart.

About Rapids Wholesale Equipment Company

Since 1936, Rapids Wholesale Equipment Company has been a leading supplier of restaurant, bar, and catering supplies and equipment. Rapids features top brands, such as True, Beverage Air, Libbey, Frymaster/Dean, Hobart and many more. Rapids Wholesale offers the best commercial kitchen and bar equipment and supplies in the foodservice industry at competitive prices. At, one can find everything from long draw beer systems to bottle coolers. The company also offers kitchen layout and design services in addition to equipment procurement and managed installations. From plates, knives and forks to the tables they rest on, Rapids’ warehouse staff is always ready to ship at a moment’s notice. Delivery is fast and its prices are fair. Customers can also check out the company’s new retail store in St. Paul, Minnesota that showcases thousands of items that are available immediately.


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